Several recent studies have found that approximately 35% of the workforce has experienced bullying at work.
It is repeated, creates a psychological power imbalance, causes harm to targets and witnesses, and is expensive. Bullying is not conflict or simple acts of incivility, it is ongoing and pervasive abuse that causes stress, anxiety, and depression, which leads to health conditions such as high blood pressure and heart disease. Naturally, employees living in fear is bad for business, and costs the bottom line in poor quality work, wasted time, lost clients, bad reputations, and turnover.
Bullying behaviors come in three basic forms, examples of which include:
- Aggressive communication—yelling, angry outbursts, rude emails, aggressive body language and facial expressions.
- Humiliation—punitive punishment, pointing out mistakes in public, taunting on social media, social isolation.
- Manipulation—assigning impos...(register to read more)